Ex-Reds 2B Brandon Phillips shocked 'somebody is wearing my No. 4'

Brandon Phillips, now with the Atlanta Braves after spending 11 seasons in Cincinnati, said Friday that he feels slighted the Reds issued his former No. 4 jersey to another player.

"I still can't believe somebody is wearing my No. 4," Phillips told Cincinnati reporters. "That's kind of a slap in the face, too. But it is what it is. People have their own opinions, and I have mine."

The second baseman hit .279 with 191 home runs, 851 RBIs and 194 stolen bases while being named to three NL All-Star teams during his time with the Reds. He was traded to Atlanta for two minor-league players prior to the season, but on Friday said he "still runs this (city)."

Utility player Scooter Gennett now wears No. 4 for the Reds.

"I wish I was still a 'Red Leg,'" Phillips said. "But I'm happy to play home for the Braves. I'm happy to be where I'm at (and) getting a cooked meal from my mom and being around my family, my friends. But my heart is always in Cincinnati."

Phillips was given a loud ovation before his first at-bat in Cincinnati on Friday night.